Terry Mughan is Associate Professor of International Business at Royal Roads, University, Canada and formerly Professor of International Management at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has conducted numerous studies of business internationalisation for, among others, the OECD, the European Commission and UK Trade and Investment. His fi rst degree was in foreign languages and they have always featured as an important variable alongside culture, strategy and practice in his inquiries. In recent years he has been developing innovative approaches to language in business centring on a language-general approach for non-specialist linguists.
"On qualifying as a secondary school teacher after working in tourism, my full-time career in education started as a lecturer in French and German. Through teaching French in-house to local companies, I became fascinated by the place of language and cultural competence in their exporting activities. I became heavily involved in local training and policy initiatives in Cambridge and was asked by the regional development agency to carry out a large-scale study (CEIM). I moved into the Business SchooI to set up a team to investigate business internationalisation and intercultural competence in companies. In 2001 I designed the first Intercultural Masters program in the UK at Anglia Ruskin University and founded the UK limb of the the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR). Further studies for the UK government, The European Commission and the OECD followed. I was awarded a university professorship in 2006. I moved to North America in 2012 and am now living in Portland, Oregon. I am currently leading a 11 country, 18 partner research project looking at the international student experience (ISE)".